Who said that a TEDx-talk needs to be rigorously prepared? Only a few moments before going on stage, Erik Matser approached pianist Ad Maas to ask him to accompany his talk with live music. A successful experiment, leading to an entertaining interaction between the contents of the talk and the improvisation of the pianist.In his talk, Matser gives us insight in his experience on working with exceptional talents. As it appears, the context in which they should be acknowledged and fostered is vital, but not always correctly in place. As an example, Matser indicates the incompetence of middle management in recognizing top talent in sports, music, art and other domains. From his background in working with top talent from around the world and from various disciplines, Matser explains some of their common characteristics, such as "streetwise intelligence". He also gives insight into some of the frequent pitfalls that make top talents fall from their thrones and swing towards other extremities of human behavior such as depression and drug abuse.About TEDx.TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
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